About Our

Historical & Museum Society History

Since 2001

Board of Directors

Cliff Craven – Vice President

His company Target Multi-Media Inc is an award winning communication company covering a broad scope of subject matter, including Museums, Educational, Marketing, & Economic Development. Museum projects include Royal BC Museum, Nk’ Mip Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, Qualicum Beach and Parksville Museums. Cliff has produced for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and APTN. Subject matter includes Shamans of the Amazon, Anacondas in Venezuela, Yukon’s hard rock miners, Wildland Fire Fighters and Legends of the Okanagan First Nation. Target’s various projects have involved theatre & exhibit design, mobile & internet interpretive solutions, and staging of large events.

Graham Beard – Director

Graham is a former High School teacher, a biologist and fossil collector, and has significant paleontology expertise. He is the President of the Vancouver Island Paleontology and Museum Society and curator of the museum’s paleontological collection and exhibits. Graham has authored a book on paleontology and continues to lecture on the subject. He also leads the paleontology tours at the museum. His reputation attracts visitors and scientists from elsewhere in Canada and abroad to the Museum.

Nadine Landa – Director

For the past 25 years, Nadine has been an educator working with a broad range of students and organizations. She is an experienced curriculum developer and has co-authored a number of children’s stories designed to scaffold learning in fun and creative ways. She continues to work as a mentor for students with unique educational challenges. Nadine and her husband Allan live in Qualicum Beach with their two golden retrievers.

William Recalma – Director and Qualicum First Nations Liaison

Bill was born in 1952 and has lived in the Qualicum area his entire life. He lived in Victoria for 19 years and returned home. He commercial fished for 25 years which ended in a fishing accident. He belongs to the Qualicum First Nation and was on the Band Council for two terms in 1988. He went to Sprott-Shaw College to become a care aid, which he continues to do. He also instructs a young men’s group on Life Skills. He offers his extensive knowledge of the area as well as the history, culture and cultural protocols.

Adam Walker – Town of Qualicum Beach Liaison

Chris Lemphers – President

Chris is a graduate of Langara College, Dalhousie and UBC. He has extensive experience in working with First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada in BC and Alberta. During his 36 years of work-life, Chris has practiced in Community Health, Nursing Education, and Nursing Management. During the last 6 years, Chris has helped the Nuu-Chah-Nulth tribal council Nursing programs in Nursing Management. Museums and valuing community heritage has always been an area of interest.

April Steel – Secretary

April is a retired Certified Management Accountant with a background in financial reporting, revenue and tax accounting, financial policy and procedures and the development of financial systems in both the public and private sectors. April has had a long association with cultural organizations and recreational groups where she has held positions of Chair, Commodore, Treasurer, Secretary and Founding Director.

Chris Berndt – Director

Chris has lived in retirement, in Qualicum Beach since 2003. He grew up and raised his family in Calgary. He was involved in the Calgary construction industry, having worked in housing, renovations, and commercial projects.

David Ireland – Director

David is a retired Royal Canadian Navy naval combat systems engineer who has volunteered his technical expertise for many projects around the museum. Born and raised in Victoria, David’s family often vacationed in the Oceanside area where he now makes his home. Prior to joining the Navy, David was employed in truck driving, commercial fishing, technical sales, government radio systems installations & maintenance, and as a baker’s assistant. David also serves as President of the Mid Island Radio Association (MIRA), Vice-President of the Oceanside Community MakerSpace (OCMS), and as a member of the Oceanside Emergency Communications Team (OECT) …an organization devoted to providing emergency radio services when required by civil authorities.

Norm Whiteford – Director

Norm has extensive managerial experience in both the Federal Government and private industry. He began as a Flight Service Specialist and then licensed Air Traffic Controller with Transport Canada. He was managing the Whitehorse, Yukon Air Traffic Control Tower in 1996 when the Canadian Air Navigation System was privatized by Nav Canada. Norm continued with the new company and progressed into senior management, becoming General Manager Airport Operations – Pacific before taking early retirement in 2008. Norm has been volunteering at the museum for the past five years.

Historical & Museum Society History

About our Society

The QBH & MS was started through a grassroots movement in 1982, sparked by an initiative of Elizabeth Little (daughter of original pioneers) in an attempt to recognize the 100th anniversary of the granting of the first land title to Thomas Kinkade in 1884. The Society was then incorporated in 1984.

In search of a “fireproof” building to accommodate the group, the Township purchased a half-acre piece of land from BC Hydro in 1985 on which stood the original brick and steel Power House. This building, constructed in 1929 had housed the two British diesel engines which produced electricity for the Town and surrounding area until it went on grid in 1935. The “Power House” building, possibly the last of the early style Power House buildings, was restored and designated as a heritage building. This allowed the Society to start receiving artifacts. A Vivian Diesel Engine, similar to the one that served as the back-up generator in the Power House, was purchased from a BC Hydro facility located at Daisy Lake near Squamish and was restored by members of the Society. It is currently displayed within the Power House.

The collection of artefacts collected from and donated by the community grew and, needing more space in 1984, the Society purchased a similar two storey 1930 BC Hydro building that was then located in Port Alberni. Volunteers dismantled it brick by brick, and reconstructed it in Qualicum Beach adjacent to the original “Power House.” This building, known as the McIntosh Building, was opened as the Museum in 1994. That same year, Graham Beard, a noted local fossil collector and President of the Vancouver Island Palaeontology Society displayed part of his extensive personal collection in the Museum. Currently the main floor is dedicated to the Palaeontology Exhibit while the Social History displays occupy the second floor.

As the Museum lacked the appropriate space for archives, workshops and storage, the Annex was built in 2001 by community volunteers with donated materials. It now houses Accessioning and Archives as well as storage for many of the artifacts that cannot be displayed due to space limitations.

The planning and labour to establish the Museum land and present buildings has been accomplished through the hard work of its dedicated founders and subsequent members, who have given thousands of volunteer hours to accomplish their collective vision.

This vision involved other historical buildings in the community that would have been lost, but have been lovingly restored and now stand as touchstones to the past.